The Trouble with Harry (1955) - Rotten Tomatoes

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The Trouble with Harry (1955)



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In this film, Jerry Mathers stumbles upon Harry's corpse in the woods. Mathers alerts his mother Shirley MacLaine, who recognizes Harry as her ex-husband. Later on, retired sea captain Edmund Gwenn comes across the moribund Harry. Both MacLaine and Gwenn have reason to believe that they're responsible for Harry's demise.

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Edmund Gwenn
as Capt. Albert Wiles
John Forsythe
as Sam Marlowe
Shirley MacLaine
as Jennifer Rogers
Mildred Natwick
as Miss Ivy Gravely
Mildred Dunnock
as Mrs. Wiggs
Jerry Mathers
as Arnie Rogers, Harry's Son
Royal Dano
as Calvin Wiggs
Parker Fennelly
as Millionaire
Dwight Marfield
as Dr. Greenbow
Leslie Woolf
as Art Critic
Philip Truex
as Harry Worp
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Critic Reviews for The Trouble with Harry

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (6)

Hitchcock is reluctant to follow the subversive premises of the story through to their outrageous logical conclusion.

May 5, 2020 | Full Review…

Alfred Hitchcock's 1955 comedy has long been overshadowed by the masterworks that surround it, but it's a wonderful, fanciful film, the most optimistic movie he ever made -- a fairy tale among nightmares.

May 5, 2020 | Full Review…

Assimilating the black humours of the comedie noire into the gentler comedy of village eccentricity, Hitchcock and his scriptwriter, John Michael Hayes, have concocted an entertainment insidious in its charm.

April 28, 2020 | Full Review…

This is a blithe little comedy, produced and directed with affection by Alfred Hitchcock, about a bothersome corpse that just can't stay buried.

July 6, 2010 | Full Review…

This latest of Mr. Hitchcock's efforts is a curiously whimsical thing.

March 25, 2006 | Full Review…

Hitchcock's comedic charms shine in this delightful story about a corpse that just won't stay buried.

March 10, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Trouble with Harry

This is a delightfully twisted film from old Mr. Hitchcock. Set in a small Vermont town during autumn, this is a mystery/comedy centered around a dead body. A man named Harry is found dead by a small boy who immediately goes and tells his mom. As she and others happen upon the corpse, they all, for different reasons, think they are to blame in some way for his demise. What follows then are their many attempts to hide the body and cover their tracks as the threat of being caught looms over head. This is somewhat atypical Hitch because it is the closest he ever came to overt comedy. Granted, it's about a corpse, and the bulk over the humor is of the dry, and darkly morbid variety, but still, even with some suspense, this is a rather lighthearted affair. It's got a good set up, and some wonderful moments, but I do think the ending is rather problematic, mostly because it seems rushed and tacked on. Everything else though is fine. We get a good cast and some fine performances from this one too. A young Jerry Mathers plays the little boy, his mom is played by then 20 year-old Shirley MacLaine in her film debut, and Edmund Gwenn, John Forsyth, Mildred Natwick, and Royal Dano round out the key players and suspects. With the technical stuff, we get some good cinematography, and real nice visuals, some of which come off as really painterly and picturesque, which is fitting given that art plays a sizable role here. There's an enjoyable and playful score from Bernard Herrmann, and the overall mood and tone make this movie a real off-kilter treat. It's not the best, and I might be somewhat inflating my grade, but this film gets a lot right, and it is supremely enjoyable, so, if it's not too much *trouble*, try to give it a watch, okay?

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

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Hitchcock's black comedy classic is a different direction for the master and he adapts well.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

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Hitchcock's delightful but somewhat shallow dabbling into dark comedy featuring a young and absolutely beautiful Shirley MacLaine.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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